As someone who had to pull out 3 weeks ago injured but still went to spectate...got to say it was much easier to flit about various points of route to watch people than thought - really easy to get to 7, 9 , 16 and back to finish. And after spending an hour or so 100 yards from finish line, got to say all the pacers were absolutely bang on... the sub 3 guy was especially brilliant stood half way down finishing straight frantically encouraging the stranglers amongst his large gang of 'sub 3' friends. For me, unfinished business I think, may have to try again next year...
Well Manchester should have been my third marathon, but physio laid the law down 2 weeks ago and with suspected nerve damage in knee, been very strongly advised not to run Wasn't sure I would still come down ..and tbh still don't know how I'll feel being there and not running, but with non-refundable train tickets & hotel reservation, planning to come down and support friend running. So any tips on best places to spectate? Quite happy to do a bit of flitting about if needs be... Good luck everyone - enjoy!
Yeah, 2 weeks further down the line, that's the plan at the moment ! Running 2 or 3 times a week, steady away, longest so far about 5.5m but could feel that a bit, speed not fast but not bad. Caution I think is the key....and for once appear to have sensible head on. Amsterdam does appeal as might be one and only marathon I do, so want one that's got good support and atmosphere. Draft Heineken and chips & mayo to 're- fuel' !!!!
Thanks Phil, yes I think my gut instinct is to agree. Might be my one and only marathon when I do it, so as much as won't be speedy by any stretch of the imagination, would like to do it "justice" and enjoy it. And as much as in an ideal world, would have preferred a spring marathon as would rather put in the distance training in the colder weather, and like to spend more time in summer swimming open-water etc, a half late Spring and the full in the Autumn might be the plan. Now ...nice, well-supported, flat, autumn marathon ??? A weekend in Amsterdam might be on the cards !